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Where in the World is Dantian?

“”Schweeet!” I thought. I was 19 years old, and my karate teacher was talking about a mysterious energy field located in the abdomen. I couldn’t wait to experience it for myself! That was my first exposure to the concept of dantian (丹田), and it turned out to be a huge disappointment. I had to wait […]

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How To Supercharge Your Practice

Early on in my training with Grandmaster Wong, I noticed that some students accomplished in 10 months what it took other students took 10 years to accomplish. I’ve always been fascinated by efficiency, so I wanted to find out how they did it. Of course, I also wanted to be one of them.

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The World’s Most Popular Tai Chi Form

What is the most widely practiced Tai Chi form in the world? Depending on who you ask, the answer would be The 24-Pattern Form, The Peking Form, The Short Form, or The Simplified Form. So which is it? Any of the above, really. All of these names refer to the same Tai Chi form developed […]

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7 Reasons to Avoid Over Practicing

In my Karate days, my daily training was much different than it is today. The famous Karate master, Mas Oyama, offered the following advice: “Train more than you sleep.” That was the philosophy that I followed back then. I practiced hard. I pushed myself. I trained as much as possible. I suffered, but I endured.

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17 Sample Practice Routines

Never before in history have students been able to learn so many techniques. It’s a nice “problem” to have. I joke that my school is like a Zen Supermarket. Yes, it can be a bit overwhelming when you first walk in, but isn’t it wonderful to have so many choices?

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8 Reasons to Track Your Progress

You’ve probably heard it before: If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it. This truism also applies to arts like Tai Chi, Qigong, Kung Fu, and Meditation. If you aren’t measuring your progress, then you aren’t managing your arts (or yourself!).

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The Legacy of Shaolin

Ever since it was founded in 495 A.D., emperors of every succeeding Chinese dynasty have consecrated the Shaolin Temple as their Imperial Temple. This was where emperors prayed on behalf of their people. It was also the birthplace of Zen Buddhism. Today, every Zen school in the world traces its lineage back to the Shaolin […]

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